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......................................Above picture courtesy of Intel Thinking Tools K12 Education Site..................................

I wanted at first to put this in a collaboration tools page but decided it should not be hidden with a lot of other Web 2.0 tools because it is much more than that. The three tools highlighted here are are just a small set of what Intel offers for free. The tools included in this area are called the Online Thinking Tools. The description matches nicely and there are an immense number of possibilities. Intel offers some great tutorials and getting started ideas. The three tools include:

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Visual Ranking

My personal favorite. Intel describes using this tool to "Identify and refine criteria for assigning a ranking to a list. Then debate differences, reach consensus, and organize ideas." Watch this video to get a better idea. Take a moment and explore Intel's resources of units and plans for this tool. I think it would be great to build a collection of other ideas that could be used for this tool. Please feel free to submit.

Visual Ranking Tool Ideas and Documents
How about using the activity I described in Elevating Spreadsheets about Bookstores in the Caribbean? Great way for students to share their findings!
There are many lessons on the web that could incorporate this tool. One example is Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure. Note the list that is part of lesson.
Astrosociety.org has this great lunar activity that could be adapted for use with Visual Ranking.

Seeing Reason

There is no better tool that can promote real thinking than one that allows students to brainstorm and web. Intel describes this tool as one that allows students to "investigate relationships in complex systems, and create maps that communicate understanding". Watch this video to get a better understanding. Take a moment to explore Intel's resources of units and plans for this tool. I think it would be great to build a collection of other ideas that could be used for this tool. Please feel free to submit.

Seeing Reason Tool Ideas and Documents


Showing Evidence

Students need to come up with opinions, hypotheses, and thesis arguments. More importantly, they must learn to support their ideas with factual details. This is true whether students are exploring science, discussing social studies, explaining a math problem, or writing a language arts paper. Intel describes this tool as one that allows students to "construct well-reasoned arguments supported by evidence, using a visual framework." Watch this video to get a better understanding. Take a moment to explore Intel's resources of units and plans for this tool. I think it would be great to build a collection of other ideas that could be used for this tool. Please feel free to submit.

Showing Evidence Tool Ideas and Documents